Tim Daly

Get ready to say farewell to Pete Wilder.

When Private Practice returns, Pete will finally be on trial for the mercy killing of one of his patients — but considering Tim Daly won't actually be returning for the sixth season of the ABC medical drama, there are a few options for how Pete will say his farewell.

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The easy option would see Pete ending up in the slammer for good, with Violet (Amy Brenneman) only paying him visits while off camera. But with executive producer Shonda Rhimes' recent tease that death will strike Seaside Wellness, we fear the worst.

Check out a clip from the season premiere of Private Practice, which airs Tuesday at 10/9c on ABC.